Abortion Often Used to Cover Up & Enable Sexual Abuse
When Ghislaine Maxwell, former girlfriend of convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, was on trial for her involvement in a sex trafficking ring, prosecutors in the trial described the crucial role she played in trafficking young girls for sexual abuse, targeting minors and grooming them for exploitation.
Maxwell and Epstein’s victims came forward to give excruciating details of the abuse, including one who claimed Epstein raped her at the age of 14 and forced her to have an abortion, threatening her life to keep her silent.
These horrific stories highlight the importance of parental consent/notification laws to protect children from coercion and forced abortions by abusers.
Despite criticism and attempts by the abortion industry to undermine these laws, they serve as a vital safeguard as traffickers often exploit facilities like Planned Parenthood to conceal evidence of their crimes—the unborn child— knowing that they won’t face probing questions.
Parental consent laws can provide a lifeline for young girls, bringing them back to safety.
Parental Consent/Notification Law Puerto Rico
In 2021, just months after being elected to the Puerto Rican senate, Joanne Rodriguez Veve introduced a bill, SB 495 (translated into English by American ProLifer), that would have required one parent or legal guardian to be notified and consent to their minor child’s abortion procedure.
In the United States there are 37 states with these types of law, but in Puerto Rico there is nothing to stop child abusers like Epstein and Maxwell from taking their victims to get abortions in order to continue the cycle of abuse.
Rodriguez Veve’s political party, Proyecto Dignidad, wants to change that.
Along with SB 495, Proyecto Dignidad has been focused on some of the most important social conservative issues, not just limited to dealing with abortion, but also with the protection of minors from trans ideology.
One of their first bills was a heartbeat bill, prohibiting abortion after the first six weeks of development. Two other bills sought to protect women and girls from biological males unfairly competing against them, as well as a bill attempting to prohibit irreversible gender bending procedures and drugs from being used on minors. Unfortunately, the legislature has managed to block their efforts to this point although SB 495 and the bill protecting women and girls sports from biological males are still alive.
Pro-abortion AG Insults Senator Rodriguez Veve
The level of pro-abortion infiltration of the Puerto Rican government became painfully evident during a recent exchange between Senator Rodriguez Veve and the Attorney General of Puerto Rico, Mr. Domingo Emanuelli, a member of the New Progressive party of Puerto Rico.
After responding to Senator Rodriguez Veve’s questions about the legality of requiring parental consent/notification for minors seeking an abortion, the AG launched into a tirade against the Senator and people like her (pro-lifers), calling her “crazy” and accusing her of attempting to take away the rights of women. The AG went so far as to compare pro-life concerns for minor girls and the unborn to an attempt to make women wear hoods and chastity belts.
The exchange is in Spanish but has to be heard to be believed.
The heated exchange prompted statements from some of the leading pro-life organizations in the United States, including SBA Pro-Life America and Concerned Women for America.
Puerto Rican Abortion Clinics Fail to Report Statutory Rape
While Puerto Rico does not yet have a law requiring parental involvement in a minor’s irreversible decision to abort, there is a law requiring reporting of cases where minors are brought in for abortions.
Puerto Rican law 246-2011 requires that in cases of sexual abuse of minors, either Family Services or the police be notified in order to investigate the cases.
The Puerto Rican Criminal Code, Article 130 creates a presumption of statutory rape whenever a girl of 15 years or younger is engaged in sexual intercourse.
This means that under Puerto Rican law, all cases of pregnant girls under the age of 16 seeking abortions should be reported to family services or the police to investigate the potential that the girls are being trafficked or abused.
However, a groundbreaking investigation by Senator Rodriguez Veve found that Puerto Rican abortion clinics openly flaunt the law and most failed to report a single instance of potential statutory rape or abuse to the authorities.
Calls Mount for the Resignation of the Puerto Rican AG
As news broke of the AG’s offensive testimony before the Senate committee, calls began to be made for the resignation of Attorney General Domingo Emanuelli. These popular calls for a resignation led to a protest over the weekend at the Puerto Rican Department of Justice.
American ProLifer will continue to follow and inform our readers of the important developments in Puerto Rico.